Every Christmas in Australian alone, over 350,000kms of paper wrap gets ripped apart and tossed away... that's enough to go around the perimeter of Australia more than 13 times!

Reusable gift wrap is one easy and sustainable solution to this paper wastage problem. But how do you do it??

Well, fabric gift wrap can be used the same way as traditional wrapping paper, simply by using string or ribbon to hold it in place  - no scissors or sticky tape required! 

Or you could try the traditional Japanese style of wrapping with cloth called furoshiki, which involves wrapping the object and tying knots and bows to secure it. Furoshiki evolved to enable traders to carry and transport goods, but it’s gaining a lot of attention more recently as a stylish and sustainable method of wrapping gifts using reusable cloth wrap. 

Furoshiki basics: 

  • The most common/versatile fabric dimensions are anywhere from 40x40cm up to 70x70cm. Wraps can be folded to reduce their size to fit the gift.
  • The cloth should be thick enough to conceal the gift and hold its weight.
  • Get creative with accessories! Embellish your gift with ribbon, string, Christmas tree ornaments, leaves, dried flowers, gum nuts, hand-made cards, etc!

Here are some examples of basic furoshiki techniques...




Here are some wrapped examples...



(All of the reusable wraps shown here are available in store.)

Have fun with it! 

Is it OK to ask for it back?

It's up to you... The wrap can form part of the gift, or when you give the gift you could explain that it's your re-useable wrap that you use to wrap gifts for special people! (Remember that most people just throw away the gift wrap anyway.) They're likely to be impressed - and maybe even inspired to switch to reusable wrapping too!

To wrap it up...

Furoshiki, or your own version of wrapping using cloth, makes gift-giving more personalised and special. Sustainably-minded gift-givers around the world are adopting the fabric-wrapping approach in favour of its beauty, versatility and environmental virtues. And it's safe to say that all gift-receivers agree that a thoughtfully wrapped gift is a gift in itself!


© The Good Party Co.

Image credits: Furoshiki wrap-technique images - "12 Ways to Wrap a Gift Using Furoshiki" via invaluable.com

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